Intel says 300MHz Pentium II supply back on track

Intel is well on its way to rectify the recent supply-demand imbalance for its 300MHz Pentium II processor, company officials said here this week.

Admitting that Intel had underestimated demand for the chip, which is a popular choice for both business and consumer PCs, the supply gap was further aggravated by the company's ongoing transition to manufacture all its processors on a 0.25 micron process, said David Dan, Intel's country manager for Taiwan.

The 300MHz Pentium II was manufactured using an older 0.35 micron process, he added.

"In Taiwan, at least we are now able to fulfill most orders, and expect to gradually solve the supply problem in other markets as well," said Dan.

Billing the recent shortage as a short-term phenomenon, Dan said that it is becoming increasingly difficult for Intel to correctly predict demand for its various processors.

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